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Discussion in 'Greetings and Introductions' started by Lancers, Nov 18, 2018.

  1. Lancers

    Lancers Type 2 · Member

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    Hi I'm type 2 taking metformin and other medication for arteries I'm a bit confused about taking blood sugar levels and when, what are the danger levels. I'm 72 and always busy but over weight.
     
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    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    We take readings when we wake in the morning before running about to start our day, this is a fasting reading.
    Then we take a reading just before the first bite of a meal and then two hours after a meal. The difference between these two readings should be no more than 2mmol, preferably less than that.
    Some people take a bedtime reading but to be honest, I have never done this.
    The target is to try to keep levels somewhere between 4mmol and 7mmol but definitely under 7.8 mmol if we can. Hope this helps.
     
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  3. Lancers

    Lancers Type 2 · Member

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    I think because of my loose attitude to my diet I'm recording between 7and 11 so will look what carbs I need to drop. Thanks for the advice
     
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    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    Any time.
     
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    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    Might I just add that keeping a diary of the foods/meals eaten and the corresponding readings is a must. This shows us our reactions and can flag up patterns that might be worth keeping an eye on.
     
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    DaveXF · Well-Known Member

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    Morning...
    If finances allow it, I would whole heartedly advise buying the likes of a libre...at least then you know where you are, whenever.
    I put my readings in an excel sheet, with that I can look at the trends.
    I also add comments where I've felt a bit rough, had a beer etc.
     
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    Lancers Type 2 · Member

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    Yesterday was my first proper day of counting carbs my first count this morning was 5.6 the lowest yet. Between evening meal and breakfast is a long time what is a good In between snack.
     
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    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    A 5.6 is a smashing reading, well done!

    The snacks I used to have were little cubes of cheese, a creamed coffee, small lengths of celery with a little Boursin or peanut butter on them. Some people have pork scratchings, anything that is low carb will do. A good goal to aim for is to try to give up snacking but this can take a while so don't feel as though you have to give everything up all at once.

    Keep up the great work.
     
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    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    Would you mind telling us what the other medications are? Just for completeness. Thanks
     
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    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    It looks as though you have the simple option of fewer carbs meaning lower blood glucose.
    As you get used to eating this way your appetite will reduce - many people have found that to be the case.
    I only eat twice a day, when I get up and then a late dinner. Sometimes I will have a small serving of berries with cream, but not at once - I wait to see if I really want it, rather than make it beforehand.
    I do have a test meter, but hardly use it these days - I am two years from diagnosis, as I know what I ought to be eating.
     
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    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    Rosuvastatin clopidogrel erbasartin sorry not sure about spelling
     
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